INTERVIEW: Geri Halliwell

Posted by Dean Piper On December 10th, 2012

As the driving force behind the Spice Girls, Geri Halliwell’s always had her girls by her side.
But whereas women have played a stable part in her life so far it’s always been a case of men coming second for this Spice Girl.
Geri may be single for now but this is one lady ready for love. So does she believe she can have a fairytale ending and meet the man of her dreams?
“That’s a really interesting question,” she says cautiously. “The deal is I’m really open to relationships and marriage. You know that marriage was designed originally because people only really lived until thirty years of age. That was fine. “But that was back in a the time where being divorced was really frowned upon.
“But nowadays divorce is accepted so much more. I’d like to think there was a fairytale ending for me and I’m very open to it. You’ll have to ask me when I’m 90 years old and I’ll let you know the answer.”
As Ginger Spice, she was the most confident and ballsiest Spice, but the star admits she broke down in tears when she watched the first run through of Viva Forever the musical. The emotion of seeing the songs the girls wrote 16 years ago was too much for Geri, 40.
And she thinks that on Tuesday, when all five Spices get together to watch the opening night at the Piccadilly Theatre – a lot more tears will be shed.
Geri reveals: “When we got to see the first run through in outfits, it was just was incredible. We were being filmed by cameras for the TV show that airs at Christmas to get our reaction and I felt conscious because I was very tearful and couldn’t control it at all.
“It was just so emotional watching our songs being interpreted on stage. There was a mixture of ‘who would’ve thought our songs would be here like this 16 years later’.
“I’m really proud because this show shows our songs in the natural and most brilliant glory. I always think the sign of a good song is if ten years on it still sounds good. There’s a big difference between a track and a song. A track is yeah yeah whatever. A song is WOW. It’s like there’s a big difference between fashion and true style.”
Geri, who quit the band in 1998, has only good things to say about her time as a Spice Girl.
You only need to spend a few minutes with her to realise exactly why she was at the centre of the band that took over the world. She could sell girl power by the truckload.
In fact, it is down to her with the help of Emma Bunton, that the musical celebrating all things Spice has been made at all.
She explains: “Emma and I are always the perfect little partnership when it comes to organising things. When it came to the reunion it was she and I and when it came to the Olympics it was she and I. And with the musical it was the same.
“Our job is to rally the troops and we have a great balanced energy. We went and initially met Judy Craymer and saw Mamma Mia together and went back to my house and had a cup of tea. It was like going on a date with Judy and hoping you got on – and fortunately we did. We connected so well.”

And once Judy, of the phenomenally successful production of Mamma Mia, was on board as producer Geri knew the musical would work out perfectly. “I’ve always felt that our songs were for everyone and our spirit was always strong,” she says. “I believed our music would be around throughout the rest of our lifetimes. I never doubted it for a second. Did I think 20 years ago that we’d be on the West End with our music? No. But I knew we would still be remembered.”
There’s no doubt Geri, who has daughter Bluebell, six, from her brief relationship with film producer Sacha Gervasi, wants to tour with the girls again. She can’t hide her excitement when discussing the future of the band and the possibility of joining forces once more.
She throws her hands in the air to accentuate her point: “I don’t think the door has shut on us never performing again. I’d literally love to do more shows. I think we should.
“I 100 per cent believe we should do more shows. I have the best time performing with those girls and I’d be delighted if it happened again. I can’t speak for the other girls, but if you’re asking me then it would be a wonderful thing for it to happen. All the fans would love it. I can’t think of a reason not to do another show.”
The singer – who dated Russell Brand briefly in September and split from Chelsea businessman Henry Beckwith last year after three years together – admits she’s too busy looking after her girl Bluebell to concentrate on her mission to find Mr Right anyway.
She erupts into fits of hysterics when I ask if Bluebell’s seen the Spice Girls movie as yet. “Oh my God I should show her the Spice Girls movie,” she says. “I’ve never ever thrown the Spice Girls down her throat so she hasn’t seen it yet but I’m going to do that. She’s coming to the premiere with me of Viva Forever so she will get the picture after that about exactly what goes on when mum is in Spice Girl mode. People at school ask her about the band and she has grown up with it all and I guess she understands it to a point. But the movie will help.” It sure will.

VIVA FOREVER! opens at the Piccadilly Theatre tomorrow – visit www.vivaforeverthemusical.com for more information.

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